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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Lil Shuckers: 1912

Lil Shuckers: 1912

February 1912. Port Royal, South Carolina. "Nine [?] of these children from 8 yrs. old up go to school half a day, and shuck oysters for four hours before school and three hours after on school days, and on Saturday from 4 a.m. to early afternoon. Maggioni Canning Co." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

A New Beginning: 1939

A New Beginning: 1939

October 1939. "Ex-Nebraska farmer now developing farm out of the stumps. Bonner County, Idaho." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Billy Mitchell: 1923

Billy Mitchell: 1923

September 25, 1923. Brigadier General William Mitchell in Washington, D.C. An important figure in the development of military aviation, "Billy" Mitchell is regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force. His criticism of Army and Navy leaders after the crash of the airship Shenandoah in 1925 led to a court-martial and subsequent resignation. When it came to clothes, cars and horses, he was a connoisseur of the good life. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Harriet and Tommy: 1926

Harriet and Tommy: 1926

January 2, 1926. Tommy Leiter and Harriet Mitchell, daughter of Gen. Billy Mitchell. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection.

 

State-of-the-Art Facilities: 1941

State-of-the-Art Facilities: 1941

Minnesota, 1941. "Complete sanitary privy properly protected to prevent flies from spreading diseases. Concrete floor slab, riser stool and building are fabricated at central yard for environmental sanitation program." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Shipman for the Farm Security Administration.

 

The Old Man: 1935

The Old Man: 1935

October 1935. "Client whose property has been optioned by the government. Brown County, Indiana." The elderly man seen with his wife in an earlier post today. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung for the FSA.

 

The Old Woman: 1935

The Old Woman: 1935

October 1935. "Interior of a home of prospective resettlement client. Brown County, Indiana." The old woman seen with her husband in an earlier post today. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung for the FSA.

 
 
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